The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Board of Directors installed new officers at its annual meeting July 8, 2012, in Spokane, WA. Darrell Davis (Ipswich, SD) was installed as Chairman, while last year's chairman Randy Suess (Colfax, WA) transitioned to Past Chairman and Chairman of the USW Budget Committee. Other officers installed included Dan Hughes (Venango, NE) as Vice Chairman and Roy Motter (Brawley, CA) as Secretary-Treasurer. USW officers were elected to these one-year positions at the January 2012 Winter Wheat Conference.
Committees met on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7, including the Joint Biotech and Joint International Trade Policy committees that operate in conjunction with the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG). Official business was called to order on Saturday, July 7, and continued through Sunday, July 8.
Reports from the meeting included an update export market development activities in the South Asian region from USW Regional Vice President Mike Spier, a report from NAWG President Erik Younggren, an overview of foreign office activity by USW Vice President of Overseas Operations Vince Peterson and reports from wheat producers who participated in intensive industry tours to Africa and Asia. This year's meeting also featured industry speakers, including:
Richard Phillips, Executive Director, Grain Growers of Canada (GGC)
Kurt Haarmann, Vice President, Columbia Grain, Inc.
Captain Gary S. Lewin, Master Mariner Pilot, Columbia River Bar
In addition, the USW Board of Directors, family, colleagues and friends honored outgoing USW Chairman Randy Suess and recently retired Washington Grain Commission CEO Thomas Mick at a special event hosted by the Washington Grain Commission.
USW's next Board meeting will be held jointly with NAWG in Houston, TX, Oct. 24 to 27, 2012.